The second of what will soon be five new parks is now open to the public along The 606, also known to many as the Bloomingdale Trail in Chicago. Abandoned and now being revitalized, the elevated rail line is currently under construction to become a 2.7-mile, multi-use recreational trail and park system. Park 567 is located at the corner of Milwaukee Ave. and Leavitt St. on Chicago’s Northwest side is just the beginning for what will soon be an amazing addition to the Windy City.
Park 567 opened to the public on September 13th and is the second above ground park to be completed as part of The 606 system. The neighborhood park features limestone boulders for use as seating or tables, with a central grassy area for recreation. When the Bloomingdale Trail on the former rail line is completed, a winding path will provide access between the park and the trail. Until then, the park can still be enjoyed by those in the neighborhood.
“We are extremely excited about the opening of Park 567,” said Chicago Park District General Superintendent Michael Kelly. “The completion of this park signifies the progress being made on the completion of The 606, one of Chicago’s most groundbreaking and anticipated capital developments. In addition, Park 567 offers additional parkland for surrounding communities and a local destination for families across the city.”
The 606 park system was designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Collins Engineers and Frances Whitehead in collaboration with The Trust for Public Land and the Chicago Park District. Park 567 was built with generous support from MetLife Foundation and the Stenning on Lake Geneva Conservancy Society.
Images ©Karen Rettig Photography, Rendering by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and David Schalliol